Leader, Disability Policy Group
Swiss Paraplegic Research
Department of Health Sciences & Health Policy at the University of Lucerne
Emeritus Professor, Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Dr Jerome Bickenbach is a professor at the University of Lucerne and Swiss Paraplegic Research, Nottwil, and Emeritus Professor at Queen’s University, Canada. He is the author or editor of Physical Disability and Social Policy (1993) and the co-editor of Introduction to Disability (1998), Disability and Culture: Universalism and Diversity (2000), A Seat at the Table: Persons with Disabilities and Policy Making (2001), Quality of Life and Human Difference (2003), Ethics, Law, and Policy: The SAGE Reference Series on Disability (2012) and Disability and the Good Human Life (2014) and numerous articles and chapters in disability studies, focusing on the nature of disability and disability law and policy. He was the editor of the joint WHO-ISCoS report called International Perspectives on Spinal Cord Injury and more recently a World Bank/WHO manual ICF and Disability Assessment. Since 1995 he has been a consultant with WHO working on the preparation and implementation of the ICF.
Most recently his research includes disability quality of life and the disability critique, disability epidemiology, ageing and wellbeing, universal design and inclusion, modelling disability statistics for population health surveys, the relationship between disability and health, and the ethics and the application of ICF to the development of human right indiciators for monitoring the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.